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  • Essays on financial economics 

    Zhang, He (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-24)
    This dissertation explores the problem of what kind of impacts can education of employees have on firms’ financial and economical performances, the problem of how monetary policy made by Federal Reserve Bank can influence ...
  • Internalizing externalities: Roles of networks, clubs and policy commitments 

    Qu, Jingwen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-26)
    Externalities arising from actions of one player in the economy and directly affecting the well-being of another are ubiquitous. In these situations, market equilibria often fail to be efficient. This dissertation explores ...
  • Effect of Education on Income Inequality: A Cross-National Study 

    Jeng, Richard; Gane, Julia; Lages, Ricardo (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    This paper explores the effects of education on income inequality. Data from over 50 countries was used and income inequality was measured through the Gini coefficient. Two regression models were created and controlled for ...
  • Effects of Household Income on Graduation Level Across US Counties 

    Boss, Libby; Lewis, Graham; Patram, Karl (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    This paper analyzes the effect of household income on the graduation level on a county scale across the United States, following the hypothesis that household income should have a positive impact on graduation rates, ...
  • The Impact of Research and Development Expenditure on Economic Growth 

    Mandel, Andrew; Darcy, John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    Expenditure on research and development often signifies that a country is committed to making advancements in the fields of science and technology. This study attempts to reveal the relationship between economic growth (as ...
  • The Influence of Education Levels on Income Inequality 

    Cuadrado, Paula; Fulmore, Olivia; Phillips, Elizabeth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    This paper explores the role of education in income inequality. The data comes from the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. We started ...
  • The Effect of Trade Barriers and Governmental Regulation on Overall Economic Well-Being 

    Lawson, Cade; Dietrich, Cavan; Murray, Thomas (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    Barriers to trade and other market regulations have long been thought to inhibit the ability of a nation’s economy to grow and prosper. We test this hypothesis using a multiple regression model and data from The Heritage ...
  • Impact of Educational Attainment on Wages 

    Sorel, Anri; Shinners, Erin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    Research in labor economics often tests the effect of educational attainment on wages. Our paper examines this relationship using individual-level data from the 2017 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample ...
  • Analyzing the Relationship Between Trade and Economic Growth 

    Schmitt, Carly; Imhof, Nicole; Nechmad, Tal (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    This paper examines how a country’s amount of total trade spurs economic growth within countries. The paper will analyze how the total trade activity, measured as the combined level of exports and imports, impacts economic ...
  • Voting in the United States: How Socioeconomic Status Influenced Voter Turnout in the 2008 Presidential Election 

    Bell, Joshua; Heil, Andrew; Reynolds, Conner (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    The 2008 presidential election between Senators Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R) occurred before the most severe economic recession since the great depression of the 1930s, and there is an abundance of evidence that ...
  • Analyzing the Effect of Income Inequality on Poverty 

    Burke, Abigail; Berinhout, Kaylin; Bonnie, Patrick (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    This paper seeks to add to the body of work surrounding the relationship between income inequality and poverty. In this research, we hope to demonstrate how the percentage of people living below the poverty line is related ...
  • Do States With High Income Also Have More Immigrants? 

    Gamble, Niall; Campos Suarez, Adrian; Yao, William (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11)
    Data was collected from the 50 states and the Capital of the United States of America in 2017 for evaluation. The main analysis investigates whether a state’s median household income is positively correlated with the state’s ...
  • Three essays in applied Industrial organization 

    Ahmed, Mishal (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-04-03)
    In this dissertation I analyze the impact of factors such as competition, technology and consumer behavior on the pricing and quality decisions of firms and service providers, as well as how certain pricing strategies can ...
  • Networks and energy transitions 

    Blackburn, Christopher J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-03-28)
    This dissertation reflects on strategies for utilizing networks to catalyze a low-carbon energy transition. In particular, I focus on the role of networks for two policy strategies: (i) switching to alternative, low-carbon ...
  • Relation Between Income Inequality and Economic Growth 

    Alsaffar, Ibrahim; Eisenhardt, Robert; Kim, Hanjin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    This paper analyzes the effect of income inequality on economic growth. Data on the growth rates of 30 countries and Gini-indexes was used. Three regression models were developed, each looking at different set of variables. ...
  • Estimation of the effect of Income Inequality on Human Development: A Cross Sectional Study 

    Parikh, Ishan; Srinivasan, Vivek; Patel, Jay (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    Throughout history, there has been overwhelming evidence that high levels of economic inequality correlate with low levels of human development, measured by the human development index. Our group’s overall objective was ...
  • Measuring the Impact of the Finance Industry on States’ Economic Growth 

    Aladesanmi, Ayo; Angell, Haigh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    This paper analyzes how per capita GDP has grown in the 50 states within the U.S. between the years 2006 and 2016, and how different economic indicators have affected economic growth. Particularly, we examine the link ...
  • A Study Analyzing the Impact of Unionization on State Wages 

    Mckenzie, Rhone; Tinsley, Sarah; Tsuchiya, Ellie (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    This study was motivated by existing literature on unions which attempt to understand and measure the impact of unionization on wages and the welfare of workers. Our analysis tries to further this research by exploring ...
  • Tariffs and Taxes versus Labor Regulation: Analyzing Which Government Policies Help and Hurt Domestic Economies 

    Abbas, Aarij; Park, Gemma (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    The struggle to find the right balance between government intervention and the invisible hand of the market is familiar to all who have tried to form any semblance of economic policy. Due to the vast number of policy sectors ...
  • International Trade and Economic Theory: Testing the Gravity Model 

    Cuccia, Charlotte; Humphries, Zack; Piazza, Gina (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11)
    This paper offers an addition to the extensive body of research of the gravity model, which predicts that the volume of trade between two countries depends on their relative size and the distance between them. Using both ...

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